Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Scotland School Building Ruined In Fire

November 20, 1951 at 8:50 p.m., the Recitation building on the grounds of the Scotland School for Veteran’s Children, Greene Township. Faulty wiring in the attic was to blame for a fire that destroyed the large three-story brick school building. Firefighters from five companies worked until 3:00 a.m. to bring the fire under control. At this time the Scotland School operated a Model-T fire engine and the kids and staff were actively involved with the firefight. A few years later the apparatus at the school was upgraded. Two firemen were hospitalized with injuries and numerous others were treated at the scene. One civilian was also injured. Damages were estimated at $700 to $800,000. The Vigilant Hose Company assisted at the scene.

This photograph shows Scotland's 1921 Model-T rig in the CVVFA parade in Chambersburg 1973.

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